Royal Irish Academy of Music

36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2



Project Team

Client: Royal Irish Academy of Music      

Architect: Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects

Structural Engineer: Lisa Edden

M & E Consultant: McArdle McSweeney Assciates

Project Description

The work completed in the Royal Irish Academy of Music was competed over three phases including heating system replacement, decorative ceiling restoration, window refurbishment, chimney upgrade ad staircase redecoration.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is a protected structure and located within an Archaeological Conservation Area. The works were required to prevent any deterioration or further deterioration of the existing building due to possible water ingress and other factors. As such, all works were undertaken with due diligence and regard for the architectural, engineering and historic value of the structure and its surrounding environs.


At the Royal Irish Academy of Music, DHD Construction Ltd successfully undertook all works with minimal disruption to the Academy’s business. All operations were completed preserving the fabric of the building. Where the fabric was disturbed, out of necessity, period mouldings were replicated and repaired, and lime plasterwork was completed to the high standards required.

Feature ceilings were restored to their former glory to the exacting standards of the Conservation Architect.

The External fabric was refurbished in some areas including the refurbishment of feature arched sliding sash windows and the replacement of areas of original brickwork.

Project Information Points

  • Refurbishment of period features
  • Keeping building live at all times
  • Restoration of decorative Ceilings